1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
Sean M. Jones-Quaidoo MD, 34 years old, I am a fellowship-trained spine surgeon trained by both neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons. I did residency in orthopaedic surgery.
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
I would have to give credit to my mother. She believed in a healthy mind, body, and spirit. I believed in taking care of my body in regards to the foods I eat and the activities I participated in, to maintain stamina to achieve my goals in life.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
My mother lived as healthy a lifestyle as she could. When she walked in the evenings, I walked with her. I played sports as a child. I always had fruits in the house and ate a balanced meal. I also learned to listen to my body. When I was full, I stopped eating. When I was hungry, I found healthy and appropriate foods rather than just snacks.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
It allowed me to maintain generally good health. I got over the common cold relatively quickly. I have energy. I feel good!
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
I encourage healthy living to all my family, friends, and even my patients. I try to get my children active.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
Take great care of your temple, in this case your vehicle for life is your mind, body, and spirit which can take you on a journey in this life. Now go and live it!